Saved By the Kitchen
"We'd like a table for two," I told the greeter at The Westside Local early Saturday evening. "No, I didn't make a reservation."
The greeter sighed in exasperation and retreated. (Never mind that their site notes that "reservations are accepted for parties of 6 or more.") As I looked around the nearly vacant restaurant I began to have reservations of my own.
I had an identical exchange with two additional employees before finally being seated. A couple minutes later I was asked to move to another table. The Westside Local staff didn't seem to want me there. Had I not witnessed other customers treated in the same manner- one couple was forced to wait ten minutes before being allowed to sit at the still largely empty establishment- I would have taken it personally.
After I ordered the lamb pot roast I was informed that it wasn't available. My second selection was also rebuffed. The waiter then suggested that I might like to peruse the "right" menu and returned a couple minutes later with a different list of offerings. Weird. Everything was just a little bit off. Everything, that is, except the output of the kitchen.
The food at the Westside Local is fantastic.